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Video: Increasing Hepatitis B Vaccinations Among PLWH

Friday, July 6, 2018


Hepatitis B vaccination is lagging among people living with HIV (PLWH) in the U.S. A significant proportion of people in HIV care in the U.S. (about one-third) have not been vaccinated for hepatitis B vaccination. Hepatitis B plays a major role in liver-related mortality, which is the leading cause of non-AIDS-related deaths among PLWH. Acute hepatitis B infection is much higher among PLWH that the general population.

The following CDC 3-minute video, Low Prevalence of Hepatitis B Vaccination among People Receiving HIV Care, neatly summarizes gaps in vaccinations and provides a recap of hepatitis B vaccination recommendations from the National Opportunistic Infections Guidelines, along with other tips to increase vaccination rates among PLWH.

See also HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau Performance Measures for adults/adolescents, which address hepatitis B screening and vaccination.

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